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    TLI's Mike Johnson cautions public about jump in phishing scams, correlated to COVID-19, when holiday shopping

    A tech company reports an increase in phishing attempts this month, believed to be associated with the increase in online shopping as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. TLI's Mike Johnson, director of the M.S. in Security Technologies (MSST) program, advises people to take extra caution when shopping online this year.

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    TLI Faculty Member Chosen to Sit on President-Elect Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board

    Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of the TLI faculty and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, was selected by President-Elect Biden to sit on his newly-formed COVID-19 Advisory Board. He gave some insight into the board's goals and priorities to MPR on Tuesday.

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    Study ft. TLI Faculty Member Looks at Environmental Regulation, Reduction in Pollution and Competitiveness of Firms

    Alfred Marcus, Honeywell/Edson W. Spencer Chair in Strategic Management and MOT & MSST faculty member, collaborated with faculty and researchers across the country and globe to explore the relationship between environmental regulation and business management. The studies found no significant, generalized drop in profitability nor competitiveness among firms as a result of environmental regulations; in fact, many firms became even more competitive as a result of "technological improvements associated with their efforts to comply with the mandatory standards."

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    TLI's Mike Johnson on Cybersecurity Risks for Some Virtual Schools

    Mike Johnson, director of graduate studies for the M.S. in Security Technologies (MSST) program, spoke with a reporter about cybersecurity risks for virtual learning as educational institutions go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    TLI Faculty Member's Company Receives $1M Federal Grant From Defense Department

    RxFunction, whose CTO and co-founder is TLI faculty member Dr. Lars Oddsson, has been awarded a federal contract by the Department of Defense for rehabilitation research and development. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Direct Phase II contract will fund the company's work on incorporating its Walkasins sensory neuroprosthetic technology into artificial limbs for active-duty military, veterans and civilians who have lower limb trauma and/or loss.

    Walkasins, manufactured by the medical device company RxFunction, are wearable sensory prosthetics for patients with balance problems such as peripheral neuropathy. In addition to serving as the company's CTO, Dr. Lars Oddsson co-invented and developed the patented technology. He teaches in our M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) program.

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    TLI Instructor, Security Expert: Anarchists, Extremists Organized to Heighten Civil Unrest in Twin Cities

    TLI faculty member and security expert Michael Rozin — who led a team of former Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets and CIA agents to protect companies and assist the government during recent civil unrest in the Twin Cities that followed the killing of George Floyd — said that organized anarchist and extremist groups were behind the majority of fires and gunshots during the worst three-day period of the unrest.

    "The anarchists, the extremist groups, were operating in an organized fashion," Rozin said. "They were operating in what almost appears to be an asymmetric warfare manner."

    Rozin teaches in the M.S. in Security Technologies (MSST) program.

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    TLI Faculty Member, Defense Expert: Bring Back the Rapid Innovation Fund

    In an opinion article for National Defense, TLI faculty member and defense expert Chip Laingen, CDR recommends reviving the Defense Department's Rapid Innovation Fund, which states was "arguably the best among (funding strategies of the past decade) for its access to small business innovation and its commercial outcomes."

    Chip Laingen is the Corporate Vice President – Midwest Region, for Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI); and Executive Director of Defense Alliance, the region’s defense industry network, and winner of the 2014 Progress Minnesota Award. He is a member of various advisory boards including the Cleantech Open Midwest, Minnesota Cup, Full Stack St. Paul and the Cybersecurity Summit.  During 2010-2011 he was an Executive Leadership Fellow for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership. Commander Laingen served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years as an aviator, squadron commanding officer, associate professor of naval science, Moreau Scholar and speechwriter for two Secretaries of the Navy. He has written extensively on the many dynamics of leadership.

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    Designing for Health: MDI Alumna and Student on Bridging Apparel Design with Medical Devices

    What do Anna Peshock and Shannon (Smith) Williamson have in common? They are both alumni of the B.S. in Apparel Design program who went on to pursue the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) "to take on the challenges of designing, developing, and commercializing medical devices."

    Williamson is a 2017 MDI graduate and Peshock is a current MDI student (class of 2020).

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    MDI 2017 Alumna Shares DIY Face Mask Tips

    Photo of MDI alumna Shannon (Smith) Williamson

    Shannon (Smith) Williamson, a 2017 graduate of the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) program and 2011 graduate of the B.S. in Apparel Design program, pursued a career in the medtech sector to combine her passions for design and healthcare. In this article, she explains how to fashion an at-home face mask in order to protect yourself without jeopardizing the limited supply that is vital for healthcare workers and highest-risk individuals.

    Learn more about Shannon by reading this blog we wrote about her when she was a student and by watching this video on the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation in which she shares her story.

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    TLI's Mike Johnson on Why State's IT Systems Have Seen Hundreds of Attacks

    In 2019, state-run information technology systems were subject to hundreds of cyber attacks. In fact, Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) responded to at least 1,500 last year. Mike Johnson, director of the M.S. in Security Technologies program, spoke with reporters about the issue, saying that government is a prime target "because it looks like every other target" in the sense that it can store payment methods and personal information that cyber criminals aim to sell on the black market. Read the full story below.

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    TLI's Mike Johnson Responds to Security of Popular Budgeting Apps

    Mike Johnson, director of the M.S. in Security Technologies program, discusses potential security flaws behind the many popular smartphone apps designed to help people balance their checkbooks. For one, users give away their banking information, which raises privacy as well as security concerns.

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    TLI's Mike Johnson Responds to Credit Card Breach Affecting Landry-Owned Restaurant Chains

    Mike Johnson, director of our M.S. in Security Technologies degree program, speaks with reporters about a credit card breach that affected many restaurant chains owned by Houston-based company Landry. Restaurants affected include McCormick & Schmick's, Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and more.